Cilantro Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Check out this delicious lunch!

Avocado and Shrimp Salad

Recipe coming your way in a second! First, let’s recap today’s workout.

After working through the morning at Starbucks, I took a mid-day breather and headed to the gym for a cardio workout. My 50 minute workout looked like this:

Hopping around made the workout fly by!

After my time at the gym, I headed home and immediately threw together a fantastic lunch.


There’s something about the flavor of cilantro that simply screams fresh. I adore the herb and the punch of flavor it provides to salsa and other dishes like my garam masala chicken. I know it tastes like soap to some people, but I am a cilantro lover through and through!

This afternoon, I made a delicious lunch that centered around cilantro, avocado and shrimp.

Sliced Avocado

Avocados are on sale at my local grocery store and I bought a bunch earlier this week. So far all of the avocados I’ve used have been perfectly ripe. The avocado I used in this salad added the perfect amount of creaminess to the dish.

Cilantro Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Cilantro Shrimp and Avocado Salad


  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 1 ear of corn, kernels removed from cob (raw)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) shrimp, chilled, peeled and deveined


  1. Combine avocado through cilantro
  2. Add shrimp to avocado mixture and stir until shrimp is lightly coated

Avocado Shrimp Cilantro Salad

This salad was simple to make and totally hit the spot. I loved all of the different textures and flavors. I will be making this again soon!

Question of the Afternoon

  • Cilantro: Love it or loathe it?


  1. Blake says

    I love it but my boyfriend hates it.. he’ll never go to Chipotle with me because of the cilantro lime rice they use in their burritos. He got it once and has been scarred ever since!


  2. says

    That shrimp salad looks incredible but sadly, I’m on the cilantro-haters team. It actually makes me physically ill, and my mom never believed me until she read an NY Times article that said that Julia child couldn’t stand it, either! So at least I’m in good company 🙂


  3. says

    We love it so much that we grow fresh cilantro! Funny this post came up because just yesterday we had our Taco Tuesday (on Wednesday) and were so disappointed because our fresh cilantro was very devoid of flavor. I wonder what went wrong!?

    Anyway, it really disappointed us because the guacamole just didn’t taste right without the strong flavor of cilantro!


  4. Jillian says

    I make a similar recipe, but use it in a shrimp taco! I take a mango, 2 avocados, jalapeno, scallion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. I then cook shrimp in some olive oil, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper. Take some corn tortillas, add the shrimp, then top with salsa. Delicious!!!


  5. Chelsea says

    Cilantro lover right here! Thank you for sharing this recipe, it look so great and packed full of fresh flavor.


  6. Megan Schilling says

    Julie, THANKS for posting this! I’m doing Medifast, and this fits PERFECTLY in line with the “lean and green” meal that I have for dinner…and it combines some of my absolute favs. You were inspired to post this! I’m in the midst of law school finals and want to eat everything in sight (stress!) but this is a much better choice. Thanks again!


  7. janet says

    Abhor cilantro … I’m allergic to it and every kind of parsley and it’s so hard to find meals in restauarants that aren’t buried in it. And if they miss a flake I end up in hives the size of silver dollars.
    Now everything else in salad is awesome – love raw corn!


  8. says

    LOVE cilantro! I even put it in my smoothies occasionally (mango, pineapple cilantro is a delicious combo btw!) Plus, um, hello – chipotle rice anyone? 🙂


  9. sara says

    love it! have you every bought the potted herbs at publix? i’ve gotten cilantro and basil—they’re only like three bucks, which ends up being cheaper than buying it packaged—-especially when its a gift that keeps giving 😉


  10. Tanya says

    I love cilantro! I had a plant of it but it died in the fall. I think I need to get another one for my garden. Nothing better then homemade salsa with fresh cilantro! I also have been putting it in my salads!


  11. says

    First of all, that looks delicious! And, CONGRATS! I never realized how much I would LOVE teaching group fitness. I bet you get asked to sub for a circuit class–great way to make new clients and learn. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE teaching circuit class–motivating others and working out too!


  12. says

    YUM! I had something very similar the other night! Next time chop up a mango and add it in – it adds SO MUCH 🙂 Also congrats on teaching! I teach Pilates one evening a week and I love it!


  13. stacy says

    i’m sort of confused as to how this is a recipe though? the picture looks yummy but the directions don’t really make sense, it’s like there are steps missing


  14. Jules says

    You know, I rarely disagree with Ina Garten, but I am firmly on TEAM CILANTRO. Couldn’t imagine a decent pico de gallo without it but I rarely use it for anything else but this inspired me.


  15. says

    whoaaa that looks soooo refreshing and delicious! I love cilantro too and whenever I go out to eat Pho I eat the cilantro all raw, mmmmmm. I remember though when I was first introduced to it when I was 12, I thought it was rather nasssstyyy 😛


  16. says

    That avo is pretty much perfect- YUM!! I love the thought of cilantro, but herbs and I don’t always get along when it comes down to it… It’s a bit of prob because they’re so healthful and beautiful.. I keep trying cilantro in hopes that one day we’ll click 🙂


  17. says

    Delicious recipe! Although I have to admit I am one of those people who thinks cilantro tastes like soap. Ick! I can handle it in small doses, but if it’s the main feature of a dish, I usually leave it out.


  18. says

    Love it! 🙂 I agree, it makes everything so fresh- perfect for this time of year! I bought a bunch at the store last week and it goes a LONG way.. safe to say I’ve been adding it to almost everything.


  19. says

    Loooovveeee cilantro. My homemade salsa usually turns out a little on the green side because I put an entire bunch in there, ha. My boyfriend also puts it in his smoothies…which I think is weird, but he really likes.


  20. mj says

    the first couple of times i tried it i LOATHED it. but oddly enough after time past i came to try it again and my tastebuds embraced it so now i love. 🙂


  21. jill says

    Hey, can you give serving sizes for recipes?

    If I were on pinintrest, I’d pin this. Guess maybe I ought to set that up…


  22. says

    Cilantro really does freshen up a dish. Unfortunately (for him), my lovely boyfriend thinks it tastes like soap, so I always have to add it to food after it’s portioned out. Throw in some avocado and I’m a happy girl!


  23. says

    Cilanto IS amazing and I love it. I am attempting (round 2) to grow my own this year and so hope I successfully do so.
    This recipe looks totally delish and I really hope I get to try it out one of these days soon. Maybe with GRILLED shrimp… oh yea 🙂


  24. Michelle Barclay says

    Silly question: What are the fonts you used in the label for the Cilantro Shrimp and Avocado Salad? I’m DIY making my wedding invitations! Thanks! x


  25. Michelle Barclay says

    Silly question: What are the fonts you used in the label for the Cilantro Shrimp and Avocado Salad? I’m DIY making my wedding invitations! Thanks! x



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